Ireland has one of the highest rates of young male suicide in the EU

A new study says mental health services need to be improved to tackle the rising rate of suicide among young men.

According to the Young Men and Suicide Project, Ireland now has one of the highest rates of young male suicide in the EU.

The report, commissioned by the Men's Health Forum in Ireland, also points to rising levels of self-harm - and says alcohol abuse and unemployment are among the factors behind the spike in suicide rates.

Lead author, Dr Noel Richardson, says many young men are falling through the cracks between support networks:

[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/08noel1.mp3[/podcast]